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Effects of Gender Communication Patterns on Opposite Gender Attraction
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by Robert R. Wright and Tamara J. Ferguson - Utah State University
Stereotypically female patterns of speech communication, including expression of empathy, sharing similar experiences, and asking further questions were compared to typical male patterns of communication in gender attraction. Following presentation of the two conversations, the Attractive Communication Styles Survey and the Conversation Survey Questionnaire assessed differences in attraction between the two conversation styles, with a convenience sample of 164 university students. Analyses revealed both men and women valuing the stereotypical female pattern of communication, but differing in the intensity of support, with women strongly favoring and men slightly favoring the female pattern, t(72) = 6.35, p < .01; t(90) = 13.81, p < .01. Implications for further research on dyadic interaction effects on attraction are supported.
Faculty Supervisor: Scott C. Bates, Utah State University